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Like a red rag to a bull

Posted by Gary on October 14, 2004

In Reply to: Like a red rag to a bull posted by ESC on October 14, 2004

: : Where does the saying 'like a red rag to a bull' come from?

: The color red is supposed to enrage bulls. Actually it's probably the waving of the rag that attracts the bull's attention. I believe a bull is suppose to be color blind. Anyone know?

I heard that too. The capes that matadors use in bullfighting are red and that's where the phrase comes from.